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Released: 6-Aug-2020 2:50 PM EDT
Placebos prove powerful...even when people know they're taking one
Michigan State University

A team of researchers from Michigan State University, University of Michigan and Dartmouth College is the first to demonstrate that placebos reduce brain markers of emotional distress even when people know they are taking one.

Released: 23-Jul-2020 11:45 AM EDT
When it comes to happiness, what's love got to do with it?
Michigan State University

How accurate was William Shakespeare when he said, "'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all,"? Researchers from Michigan State University conducted one of the first studies of its kind to quantify the happiness of married, formerly married and single people at the end of their lives to find out just how much love and marriage played into overall well-being.

Released: 20-Jul-2020 10:20 AM EDT
Can't get off of Snapchat or Facebook? Research reveals differences between platforms
Michigan State University

Researchers from Michigan State University and California State University-Fullerton conducted the first study comparing problematic use between Facebook and Snapchat — while also uncovering surprising findings about users' personality traits.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 4:15 PM EDT
Study shows humans are optimists for most of life
Michigan State University

Researchers from Michigan State University led the largest study of its kind to determine how optimistic people are in life and when, as well as how major life events affect how optimistic they are about the future.

Released: 29-Jun-2020 4:40 PM EDT
It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood ... or is it?
Michigan State University

Contrary to what many would think, characteristics of your neighborhood have little to do with how satisfied you are with it, Michigan State University research found.

Released: 21-Apr-2020 3:35 PM EDT
Protecting yourself from the latest internet sex crime
Michigan State University

Researchers from Michigan State University released a study on “sextortion” – a lesser-known internet crime that poses a threat to adults and minors – that sheds light on the importance of protecting the public from online criminals.

Released: 16-Apr-2020 12:50 PM EDT
Innovating the peer-review research process
Michigan State University

A team of scientists led by a Michigan State University astronomer has found that a new process of evaluating proposed scientific research projects is as effective – if not more so – than the traditional peer-review method. Normally, when a researcher submits a proposal, the funding agency then asks a number of researchers in that particular field to evaluate and make funding recommendations.

Released: 13-Apr-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Potential COVID-19 test delivers results in less than 10 minutes
Michigan State University

EAST LANSING, Mich. – As COVID-19 cases spike, the need for faster, more accessible testing is clear. Due to limited availability, many patients with symptoms — and their physicians — are left wondering whether they have the virus. Even when patients do get a test, overwhelmed labs can take several days to get the results.

Released: 13-Apr-2020 8:45 AM EDT
New process to identify existing drugs for potential COVID-19 treatments
Michigan State University

EAST LANSING, Mich. – In late January, as the world watched the growing COVID-19 epidemic with increasing unease, a Michigan State University laboratory, which specializes in the use of artificial intelligence and big data to discover therapeutics for cancers, switched gears to face the coming challenge. The Chen Lab, led by Bin Chen, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, and the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, put its expertise to work.

Released: 9-Apr-2020 4:55 PM EDT
Ask the expert: MSU veterinarian dispels myths about pets and COVID-19
Michigan State University

Since first hearing about the COVID-19 outbreak in China, media outlets around the world have reported on strains of the virus originating in animals, on pets testing positive for the virus and most recently, on a tiger testing positive for COVID-19 at the Bronx Zoo. Annette O’Connor – chairperson of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and professor of Epidemiology at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine – says that there are seven different types of coronaviruses and that the Centers for Disease Control doesn’t believe the COVID-19 strain can be transmitted to domestic animals.

Released: 6-Apr-2020 3:05 PM EDT
How religions around the world are keeping the faith during COVID-19
Michigan State University

COVID-19 has rocked everyday life for people around the world, requiring religious communities to shift worship at a time that many consider the most holiest of the year. Daily and weekly services at churches, synagogues, mosques and temples have transitioned to take place in the home with family members as many places of prayer are closed for the first time in their history.

Released: 2-Apr-2020 3:55 PM EDT
National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma website for providers, patients launched
Michigan State University

Treatment of COVID-19 is urgent. As part of the next step to advance the use of convalescent plasma for the treatment of COVID-19 infection, the National Convalescent Plasma Project has launched a website for health care providers, patients who have recovered from COVID-19 infection and want to donate plasma and those considering the treatment.

Released: 27-Mar-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Four things school districts need to know before moving learning online
Michigan State University

As the number of cases of COVID-19 multiplies and the duration of school closures increases, school districts are struggling with the feasibility of providing students with online learning opportunities. A new report from Michigan State University’s Quello Center reveals the challenges schools face if they plan to move online.

Released: 19-Mar-2020 12:00 PM EDT
Feeling obligated can impact relationships during social distancing
Michigan State University

In a time where many are practicing social distancing from the outside world, people are relying on their immediate social circles more than usual. Does a sense of obligation -- from checking on parents to running an errand for an elderly neighbor -- benefit or harm a relationship? A Michigan State University study found the sweet spot between keeping people together and dooming a relationship.

Released: 10-Mar-2020 10:50 AM EDT
Toxic Masculinity Is Unsafe… for Men
Michigan State University

The belief that “real men” must be strong, tough and independent may be a detriment to their social needs later in life. A study co-authored by a Michigan State University sociologist found that men who endorse hegemonic ideals of masculinity — or “toxic masculinity” — can become socially isolated as they age, impacting their health, well-being and overall happiness.

Released: 5-Mar-2020 2:50 PM EST
LGBT health improves when friends are just like them
Michigan State University

Researchers from Michigan State University are the first to pinpoint social factors that can reduce these stressors and improve health for LGBT people. “When we reviewed past studies, we found a pretty stark bias toward studying what made things worse,” said William Chopik, assistant professor of psychology at MSU and lead author.

Released: 4-Mar-2020 1:00 PM EST
Better planning could save millions in health care costs
Michigan State University

New research from Michigan State University and Rutgers University reveals the amount of money washed away in hospital operating rooms, offering solutions to save hospitals -- and the country -- millions of dollars each year.

Released: 4-Mar-2020 9:40 AM EST
‘Optical tweezers’ help in quest for better cancer treatments
Michigan State University

Stem cells involved in replenishing human tissues and blood depend on an enzyme known as telomerase to continue working throughout our lives. When telomerase malfunctions, it can lead to both cancer and premature aging conditions. Roughly 90% of cancer cells require inappropriate telomerase activity to survive.  In a groundbreaking new study, an interdisciplinary team of Michigan State University researchers has observed telomerase activity at a single-molecule level with unprecedented precision ­­­­– expanding our understanding of the vital enzyme and progressing toward better cancer treatments.

Released: 3-Mar-2020 2:15 PM EST
Poor Internet connection leaves rural students behind
Michigan State University

Slow Internet connections or limited access from homes in rural areas can contribute to students falling behind academically, according to a new report from Michigan State University's Quello Center.

Released: 2-Mar-2020 12:55 PM EST
Pre-K teacher certification policies overlook standards for learning
Michigan State University

States across the nation are increasing funding and focus on expanding high-quality education opportunities for young children. However, according to new research from Michigan State University, the U.S. is overlooking an important piece of the preschool puzzle: teacher certification.

26-Feb-2020 10:00 AM EST
New bile discovery will rewrite textbooks
Michigan State University

Forget what you know about bile because that's about to change, thanks to a new discovery made by Michigan State University and published in the current issue of Nature. Much of our knowledge about bile hasn’t changed in many decades. It’s produced in the liver, stored in our gall bladder and injected into our intestine when we eat, where it breaks down fats in our gut.

Released: 20-Feb-2020 4:50 PM EST
The fat around your arteries may actually keep them healthy
Michigan State University

A Michigan State University researcher is adding new evidence to the argument that the fat around our arteries may play an important role in keeping those blood vessels healthy. The finding could affect how researchers test for treatments related to plaque buildup in our arteries, or atherosclerosis, an issue that can often lead to a heart attack, which is currently a leading cause of death in the United States.

Released: 20-Feb-2020 11:25 AM EST
How sleep helps teens deal with social stress
Michigan State University

A first-of-its-kind study from Michigan State found that a good night’s sleep does adolescents good – beyond helping them stay awake in class. Adequate sleep can help teens navigate challenging social situations.

Released: 13-Feb-2020 12:50 PM EST
Loss of bladder function in children could be because of stress
Michigan State University

We know that stress can have a profound impact on health. But it’s rare to discover a health issue that is caused directly by stress.  That’s exactly what one Michigan State University researcher and his team have found.  Nathan Tykocki, an assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, set out to understand why children who seemingly have nothing wrong with them lose bladder function, a condition also known as stress-induced bladder dysfunction, or SIBD.

Released: 10-Feb-2020 5:25 PM EST
A Happy Partner Leads to a Healthier Future
Michigan State University

Research found that those who are optimistic contribute to the health of their partners, staving off the risk factors leading to Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and cognitive decline as they grow old together.

Released: 5-Feb-2020 10:35 AM EST
Thwarting Hacks by Thinking Like the Humans Behind Them
Michigan State University

Research from Michigan State University reveals the importance of factoring in a hacker’s motive for predicting, identifying and preventing cyberattacks.

Released: 4-Feb-2020 2:30 PM EST
‘Levitating’ proteins could help diagnose opioid abuse, other diseases
Michigan State University

Researchers at Michigan State University’s Precision Health Program have helped develop a fascinating new method called magnetic levitation for detecting the density of proteins in the blood that could vastly improve the rate at which diseases are detected and diagnosed.

Released: 28-Jan-2020 4:05 PM EST
Connection Between Alcohol Use and Depression Could Aid Treatment
Michigan State University

For people with psychiatric disorders, comorbidity — or the presence of two or more disorders in a single patient — is quite common. One of the most common comorbidities is alcohol use disorder and major depressive disorder. In fact, people with alcohol use dependence are almost four times more likely to also have a major depressive disorder.

Released: 23-Jan-2020 3:55 PM EST
Keeping guns away from potential mass shooters
Michigan State University

The United States currently averages 20 mass shootings per year. Researchers from Michigan State University measured the extent to which mass shootings are committed by domestic violence perpetrators, suggesting how firearm restrictions may prevent these tragedies.

Released: 16-Jan-2020 2:50 PM EST
Organized cybercrime – not your average mafia
Michigan State University

Research from Michigan State University is one of the first to identify common attributes of cybercrime networks, revealing how these groups function and work together to cause an estimated $445-600 billion of harm globally per year.

Released: 16-Jan-2020 2:05 PM EST
Are bigger brains better?
Michigan State University

When it comes to certain parts of the brain, bigger doesn’t necessarily equate to better memory. According to a new study led by Michigan State University, a larger hippocampus, a curved, seahorse-shaped structure embedded deep in the brain, does not always reliably predict learning and memory abilities in older adults.

Released: 2-Jan-2020 2:15 PM EST
How MSU helped reduce high-risk drinking among students
Michigan State University

A university-wide social norms marketing campaign has reduced high-risk drinking and adverse outcomes of drinking, according to a new study from Michigan State University in the Journal of American College Health. MSU's social norms campaign was created to educate MSU students about actual drinking behavior on campus. When misperceptions are corrected, behavior will change to be more consistent with the actual norm, said Dennis Martell, director of MSU Health Promotion.

Released: 17-Dec-2019 12:40 PM EST
How vulnerable is your car to cyberattacks?
Michigan State University

New research from Michigan State University is the first to apply criminal justice theory to smart vehicles, revealing cracks in the current system leading to potential cyber risks.

Released: 12-Dec-2019 3:20 PM EST
Here’s What Police Know About Digital Evidence
Michigan State University

Researchers from Michigan State Unviersity are among the first to measure how well law enforcement officers can identify and use digital evidence.

9-Dec-2019 4:35 PM EST
Me, me, me! How narcissism changes throughout life
Michigan State University

New research from Michigan State University conducted the longest study on narcissism to date, revealing how it changes over time.

Released: 6-Dec-2019 9:00 AM EST
Animated Videos Advance Adoption of Agriculture Techniques
Michigan State University

In remote areas with low literacy rates, showing animated videos in the local language demonstrating agricultural techniques results in high retention and adoption rates of those techniques, found researchers from Michigan State University.

Released: 26-Nov-2019 11:55 AM EST
Building a better flu shot
Michigan State University

Each year millions of Americans become sick with the flu, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized and tens of thousands die. Getting the flu shot can reduce the chances of infection. But, at best, the vaccine is only effective 40% to 60% of the time, according to the CDC. Now Michigan State University researchers have data that show how cellular RNA levels change following infection or vaccination.

Released: 25-Nov-2019 9:55 AM EST
Susan Packard, Doug Meijer to speak at MSU commencement
Michigan State University

The co-founder of HGTV and the co-chairperson of Meijer will speak at Michigan State University’s fall commencement ceremonies, which will take place Dec. 13-14 at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center.

21-Nov-2019 1:30 PM EST
Science underestimated dangerous effects of sleep deprivation
Michigan State University

Michigan State University’s Sleep and Learning Lab has conducted one of the largest sleep studies to date, revealing that sleep deprivation affects us much more than prior theories have suggested.

Released: 18-Nov-2019 4:05 PM EST
What will make grandma use her Fitbit longer?
Michigan State University

For older adults, Fitbits and other activity trackers may be popular gifts, but they may not be used for very long. While counterintuitive, engaging in competition with family and friends decreases the odds of long-term use among older adults, perhaps because they feel it's demotivating, according to a new Michigan State University study.

Released: 14-Nov-2019 3:35 PM EST
Smart people may learn music faster
Michigan State University

Why do some people learn music more quickly than others? Intelligence could play a role, according to a Michigan State University study that investigated the early stages of learning to play piano.

Released: 14-Nov-2019 2:10 PM EST
Is opioid treatment available to those who need it most?
Michigan State University

The U.S. opioid epidemic is still raging – it’s particularly pronounced in low-income areas and in those where people lack access to health care services, which includes cities in Michigan and across the Rust Belt. But the effectiveness of efforts to provide treatment and recovery options to those who need it most – that is, in locations with the greatest number of deaths from opioid overdose – has been unclear.

Released: 13-Nov-2019 3:20 PM EST
Nearly half of accused harassers can return to work
Michigan State University

New research from Michigan State University revealed that almost half of accused harassers can go back to work when disputes are settled by arbitrators – or, third-parties who resolve disputes.

Released: 11-Nov-2019 1:40 PM EST
How meditation can help you make fewer mistakes
Michigan State University

New research from Michigan State University tested how open monitoring meditation – or, meditation that focuses awareness on feelings, thoughts or sensations as they unfold in one's mind and body – altered brain activity in a way that suggests increased error recognition.

Released: 5-Nov-2019 4:15 PM EST
When Managing a Big Company, Less Is More
Michigan State University

Research is the first to outline universal strategies for large companies to grow market share

Released: 5-Nov-2019 9:50 AM EST
Will college job market continue its decade-long growth?
Michigan State University

Despite fears about a recession, the job market is strong for college graduates - for the 10th consecutive year, according to Michigan State University's Recruiting Trends, the largest annual survey of employers in the nation.

Released: 29-Oct-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Should preschool writing be more communication and less ABCs?
Michigan State University

Writing instruction in early education should be about more than letter formation and penmanship, argue Michigan State University researchers who found preschool teachers don't often encourage writing for communication purposes.

Released: 29-Oct-2019 8:05 AM EDT
Bird bacteria is key to communication and mating
Michigan State University

Birds use odor to identify other birds, and researchers at Michigan State University have shown that if the bacteria that produce the odor is altered, it could negatively impact a bird's ability to communicate with other birds or find a mate.

Released: 8-Oct-2019 4:15 PM EDT
Endangered Black Rhino Expecting First Calf
Michigan State University

For the first time, there’s a pregnant black rhino at the Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, Michigan. Doppsee, the expecting mother, isn't your typical rhino: she's friendly, calm and allowing researchers to closely track her pregnancy - giving critical genetic information for preserving the black rhino species.

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